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Updated 10 August 2018 11:02am

Hunters are welcome in much of Kaitoke Regional Park to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife.

Located in the southern foothills of the Tararua Ranges, Kaitoke Regional Park covers approximately 2,860 hectares and contains nearly 2,500 hectares of mature native forest.

The park is comprised of steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest. Back-country camping is permitted within the designated hunting area.

Hunting is permitted:

  • On the true right (North) of the Hutt River gorge, as shown on the map overleaf
  • At least 200m away from roads, tracks and private land boundaries in the designated hunting area
  • During daylight hours only. Absolutely no spot lighting

Always obtain permission from landowners if you intend to cross private land.

Hunting with dogs

Hunting dogs must be registered and the details lodged with the Greater Wellington Regional Council when applying for your permit. You may take up to three dogs per permit holder into the park.

Please report any lost hunting dogs to the Regional Council’s Upper Hutt office as soon as possible.

A permit is needed to hunt in Kaitoke Regional Park’s designated hunting area. You must show this permit if asked by a Greater Wellington Regional Council authorised officer.

Permits are free of charge. Permits are issued by the Regional Council for use in the Akatarawa Forest, Kaitoke Regional Park and Pakuratahi Forest designated areas. Permits are valid for six months to apply online click on the attached link Kaitoke/ Pakuratahi Forest and Akatarawa Hunting Permit.

A separate permit is required to hunt in the Hutt Water Collection Area.

You will need to supply your firearms licence number. Hunting bows must have a minimum draw weight of 18kg (40lb).

To apply by phone or in person at the Regional Council’s Upper Hutt office.

Pest Management

Parts of this area will have regular biodiversity monitoring and pest plant/animal control operations taking place. Please do not interfere with any markers, plot pegs, monitoring devices, traps or bait stations. Adhere to any warning signs posted.